Harry Potter is a fiction story. The wizarding world and all who populate it are nothing more than the magical dreams of a master storyteller. And yet, this hasn’t stopped a generation of children from wondering, if only for a moment, if their Hogwarts letters will arrive on their eleventh birthdays. Of course, they aren’t wholly surprised when the letters doesn’t show, but there is still that twinge of disappointment. Somewhere in the corners of their minds, they almost hoped to open the door and find an owl waiting, red-sealed letter in claw.
For those fans, the early registration for Pottermore is a chance to receive that long-awaited Hogwarts letter at last (though not so much by owl as by E-Mail). This is their opportunity to board the Hogwarts Express, don the Sorting Hat, and experience life as a young wizard first-hand.
It’s no wonder the 150,000 registrations open each day have been disappearing as if tossed in a Vanishing Cabinet.
When registration will open each day is anyone’s guess. Patience and the ability to stay up all hours of the night will certainly increase your chances of being online when the newest clue drops. As for the clues, the answers are always numbers from the books, filtered through a mathematical equation to avoid random guessing. For a more in-depth analysis of these numbers and their significance, check out this recent post on Harry Potter for Writers. I’m not a numbers person, so I’ll leave Susan to the mathematical analysis.
If you’re one of the lucky few who is awake when the newest clue is posted, the next step is figuring out the answer. I hear MuggleNet and Twitter (specifically hp_batsignal) are good bets. Afterward, you have to locate the Magical Quill, click on it, and wait for your confirmation E-Mail to arrive. At this point, you are also permitted to gloat.
As a Harry Potter blogger, I feel compelled to try my luck at an early registration. But as I mentioned yesterday, waking up early on the off-chance registration may be open sounds about as appealing as repotting Mandrakes.
I’m also beginning to doubt my initial hypothesis that registration will slow down as the week wears on. I’ve figured most major fans will scramble to register in the first three days. But this morning’s registration was only open for an hour before it reached the 150,000 muggle limit. That’s quite a bit faster than it went on Sunday morning.
We can chock Sunday up to a fluke. There was no way to be absolutely sure how registration would work and unless you heard rumors or just so happened to be up at an obnoxious time in the morning, you probably missed it. Personally, the whole thing completely slipped my mind. I figured I’d catch up sometime during the day, not realizing all the excitement was over before dawn.
This morning was the first full onslaught of fans. Word of how registration works spread quickly and now everyone knows what must be done to secure a place on the Hogwarts Express. It’s really no wonder registration was closed in a mere hour’s time.
But what are the chances things will still be this hectic come Thursday or Friday? The clues are supposed to get easier in order to open things up more. That implies even the Pottermore creators believe the tidal wave of diehard fans will already be registered by this point.
I would also think the schedule will be a lot more forgiving to American fans later in the week. This may be pure optimism, but the biggest complaint I’ve heard thus far is how registration currently favors Europe. It’s one thing to sit online waiting for registration to open in the middle of the day. It’s another thing entirely to pull such a stunt in the wee hours of the morning.
Again, maybe it’s just optimisim. Maybe I want the registration to be open later so I can actually make an attempt without disrupting my slumber. Maybe I want it open longer so I don’t have to wrestle with a refreshing browser and a timed-out webpage.
I guess we’ll see as the week progresses.
Have you registered for Pottermore yet? Are you going to try? Let me know in the new Pottermore Poll in the sidebar.
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